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March 23, 2011

Children fix everything

Filed under: — brendan @ 10:21 GMT

I had a great visit by *both* boys this morning; Thanfully, Elana was able to get them in (despite horrid traffic) for a little while before having to get them to school a little late.

Like any 9 and 4 year old boys, they’re not always sure what to talk about, but they’re able to share information when prompted and volunteer random unsolicited information, too. 🙂  But the best part is just seeing them being themselves, interacting, talking, et al.  We’re unsure how often I’ll be able to see them (maybe not again for couple of weeks or more), so I’ll relish the visit for a while.  I’m wearing a “Happy St Patrick’s Day” pin badge given to me by Patrick, which I’ll keep on for the day.

My fevers have been improving a little … last night I got a small one, and started to feel a little cool, but in contrast to say a few days earlier, I didn’t have the shaking shivers and chills.  I’m hoping this trend continues.

Had blood samples taken at 6am this morning, like normal.  Amazing how much blood they’ve taken out of me over the last few weeks!

My radio routine in the hospital is starting to take shape, mirroring the habit I use while working at home.  Morning Ireland on RTE Radio1 starts the day til 9am, then I switch over to Radio Nova 100.3 for awesome music for an hour or so.  Then I switch to listen to Tom Dunne on NewsTalk 106 from 10-12.  When Tom’s done (ha ha, apologies to Tom), switch back to Radio Nova for the rest of the day.  This doesn’t mean I actually listen to the radio this much here—it’s just the pattern of time and station choice.

Just head that Michael Stipe of REM composes songs on his mobile phone.  Some time ago Bono lost (?) a laptop with lots of lyrics and such on it; I wonfer if Michael S had any sort of encryption on his phone?  A decent password?  (The intelligent thief would open the phone up and get the memory card out of it to put into a stronger reader.)  I’m sure he’s well aware of the risks and has some way to protect his work.

Looks like a beautiful day outside; I’ve got the window blind up just enough to be able to see the bay (sitting up in bed), but keeping the bright sunlight from straining my eyes.  I like the diea of the boys being able to play outside and a) have lots of fun being outside, and b) expel tons of energy so they go sleep early and for a long time. 😉

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  1. You almost starting to sound like you on your Summer holidays

    It is beautiful and *warm* outside; which means the boys will really enjoy being outside. I was down your area of the world this morning walking along the bay down by Glasthule; it’s simply amazing.

    I wonder though about stolen “artists” work. If that person is able to take and it use it for themselves; then doesn’t it become an extension of them with influence from the originator rather than pure stolen work? Is that not what we do as knitters/crafters. Is this is the whole artistic license debate again; with a bit of are they then artists or crafters? They’d still have to have some amount of skill to be able to use what they find.

    What then about “technical creations”; I’d see that differently. We shouldn’t it should be the same, both are process of creating something from skill. Hmmm.

    Comment by Clara — March 23, 2011 @ 12:18 GMT

  2. Now THAT’S the way to start your day off, spending time with your boys 🙂 Can’t wait for your chance to see ’em again!

    Comment by Little Brother — March 23, 2011 @ 13:46 GMT

  3. What he said! 🙂 🙂

    Comment by Mammy — March 23, 2011 @ 14:32 GMT

  4. Sounds like a great radio schedule. I also recommend the RTE news at one, Matt Cooper on Today FM at 4.30, and Sean Moncrieff on Newstalk at … some point in the afternoon, maybe 3? Not sure!

    Comment by Roseanne — March 23, 2011 @ 17:28 GMT

  5. Sean Moncrieff starts 1.30pm and (I think) runs to 4.30 when George takes over. And he doesn’t go on and on about Bailouts, Tax Rates, Tribunals, etc. etc. – generally very enjoyable. And Nova sounds like a safe haven from the aforementioned dreaded topics.

    Comment by Sheelah — March 23, 2011 @ 23:13 GMT

  6. Hi Brendan, glad you got to see E & P yesterday. I’m really glad we are having such good weather, as it’s so much easier having a bright rather than at rainy day…. Even if you can only look at it occasionally!

    Did you know that there is a series of paintings of Waterloo Bridge at different times of the day by Monet? Perhaps you could do a series of photographs, taken at different times of the day, from your hospital bed? Publish them and make a fortune!

    Comment by AuntM — March 24, 2011 @ 09:17 GMT

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